President Michael D Higgins and his friend Tom Murphy about whom Mr Higgins spoke affectionately. Photograph: The Irish Times

Playwright Tom Murphy was a “great vulnerable courageous being” and a “genius that we have lost”, President Michael D Higgins has said. Addressing a (...)

Maria Doyle Kennedy: Joni Mitchell planted the first seed for me that artists made whatever art they were feeling

Many albums have changed my life but this one was the start of it all. When I was 13, we got our first stereo (a Bush 3-in-1) for Christmas and we kid(...)

“If you have a feeling against abortion…then you never need to have one,” says Maria Doyle-Kennedy. “But you can’t decide for people who are not you.(...)

The cast of Redwater, which was filmed in Wicklow, includes Fionnula Flanagan and Ian McElhinney

As we drive to the Redwater set, somewhere between Arklow and Wicklow town, there’s an eerie atmosphere. The team behind the EastEnders spin-off show (...)

Colin Farrell in The Lobster, a film by Yorgos Lanthimos

Six Irish films are to play at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah next month. It had already been announced that Rebecca Daly’s Mammal, a(...)

In the old days we circled our favourite shows in newspaper television listings (ask your grandparents about these) and made ourselves available by(...)

Maria Doyle Kennedy performs at IMMA. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

This week Roísín is joined by the singer and actor Maria Doyle Kennedy. As well as sharing some new music, Maria tells the tale of a clever ruse used(...)

Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as an eccentric musician who wears a huge false head at all times. The movie has picked up nine Ifta nominations

Two very different films concerning troubled men have topped the nominations for this year’s Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta). Lenny Abr(...)

Dónall Ó Héalaí who plays the part of the show’s protagonist, sociopath John Glynn.

Award-winning TV crime drama series Corp+Anam is set to return to our screens for a much-anticipated second series (TG4, 9.30pm). The first of (...)

Exceptionally powerful: Dr Javid Abdelmonein of Médecins Sans Frontières in Sierra Leone. Photograph: MSF

Towards the middle of his month-long shift at the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kailahun, in Sierra Leone, Dr Javid Abdelmoneim notes that the (...)

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